Fire or explosion in underground mines and tunnels

In mines and tunnels, fire and uncontrolled explosions are extremely dangerous and often deadly. Owners, operators, and site managers all have an obligation to minimize the risk of fire and explosion.

We have produced practical guidance for those involved in mining on how to meet fire or explosion obligations.

This approved code of practice can assist a site senior executive in developing a fire or explosion principal hazard management plan. When developing this plan it’s important to consult workers and health and safety representatives, so this guidance can also help them in understanding their responsibilities.

ACOP: Fire or explosions in underground mines and tunnels (PDF 965 KB)

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.